The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids (Roost Books, 2012) by Helen Olsson offers a fully rounded and comprehensive guide to having a fun and safe family vacation in the woods. Olsson offers families tips, checklists, recipes, and more to make any trip into the wild a success. In the following excerpt, she offers a quick and camp-ready bananas foster recipe.
• 4 teaspoons butter
• 4 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• Heavy-duty aluminum foil
1. At home, combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small baggie.
2. At camp, lay out four squares of heavy-duty foil.
3. Peel bananas and slice lengthwise, setting each banana on a piece of foil.
4. Dab each banana slice with butter, then sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Dribble a little vanilla on each.
5. Fold the foil to create airtight packets, but leave a bit of airspace around each banana, so the packets function like small ovens.
6. Let the campfire burn down to hot coals. Carefully set the banana packets into the fire and let them cook for around 5 minutes, longer if the fire’s not too hot.
7. Use tongs to remove the packets from the fire and watch out for escaping steam when you open them.
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From The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids by Helen Olsson © 2012 by Helen Olsson. Illustrations by Scotty Reifsnyder © 2012 by Scotty Reifsnyder. Reprinted in arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO.